World War with China explodes in Hunter Killer, David Poyer's dramatic new thriller. The United States stands nearly alone in its determination to fight, rather than give into the expansionist demands of the aggressive new “People’s Empire.” The naval and air forces of the Associated Powers – China, Pakistan, Iran, and North Korea – have used advanced technology and tactical nuclear weapons to devastate America's fleet in the Pacific, while its massive army forced humiliating surrenders on Japan, Taiwan, the Philippines, and other crucial allies.
Admiral Dan Lenson, commanding a combined US–South Korean naval force, and Commander Cheryl Staurulakis of USS Savo Island fight to turn the tide and prepare for an Allied counteroffensive. Meanwhile, SEAL operator Teddy Oberg escapes from a hellish POW camp and heads west through desolate mountains toward what he hopes will be freedom. Hector Ramos, an unwilling recruit, learns the Marine Corps has an ethos all its own. And in Washington, DC, Dan’s wife Blair Titus helps formulate America's political response to overwhelming setbacks in the Pacific and at on the home front.
Filled with dramatic battle scenes, from ship, submarine, and air warfare to desperate hand-to-hand Marine Corps combat, and informed by the author's own background as a Navy captain and defense analyst, Hunter Killer is a powerful, all-too-believable novel about how the next world war might unfold.
Poyer's gripping sequel to 2016's Onslaught, which continues the story arc of a war with China, finds U.S. Navy officer Dan Lenson promoted to admiral and put in charge of a task force to clear the sea lanes around Guam. Lenson's mission also includes landing a contingent of Marines to reconquer an island under Chinese control. Thus far America and her allies have been "surprised, outmaneuvered, outthought, and overwhelmed" by the Chinese. The only bright spot is that the carriers are still holding east of Hawaii. Lenson and his crew have fought some terrible battles and barely survived, but worse horrors lie ahead. Intense and bloody only begin to describe the realism of the combat scenes. Meanwhile, back in Washington, Lenson's wife, Blair Titus, the vice president of a think tank, is advising the U.S. government on strategy to counter the Chinese, and, in western China, Teddy Oberg of SEAL Team Eight is starving in a POW camp. Each book moves the story forward and primes readers for the thrills that are sure to come in future entries.
Not as good as previous novels in this series, but still enjoyable and worth reading. I look forward to the authors next effort and I hope he fleshes out the characters more completely as in previous novels
A world at war
A well written account of all that could happen in a world where chaos reigns.